I’ll say this now, I am a very big fan of Kings of Leon.. Like lots of people, I’m a fan of their older music, and not so much their last two albums. I’ve never been to see them live, however I do think they are slowing down now.. No doubt many will be angered by this.
Since 2003, they have:
1) Released 5 studio albums.. Youth and Young Manhood (07/2003), Aha Shake Heartbreak (10/2004), Because of the Times (04/2007), Only By The Night (09/2008) and Come Around Sundown (10/2010)
2) Between 2008 & 2009, headlined many festivals including; Glastonbury, Leeds & Reading, Rock Werchter, Oxegen, T in the Park, Gurtenfestival, Open’er Festival and Lollapalooza.
3) Won several awards, including Grammies and BRITs.
4) Released a DVD of an O2 arena concert.
5) Released a feature length film of their upbringing and their route to success “Talihina Sky”
All the above have happened in less than a decade, and even for any band, thats hard going. Sure they havent been without their trials and tribulations, including fallings out between band members, but given that their tours were long, is it any wonder.
In the early days, when I personally think they were closer to their roots, it was no secret that drugs and alcohol played a heavy part in the songwriting. Each member had long hair, did what they liked, slept with many people on tour, took as much drugs as they pleased. Their music was soulful, vibrant and had pace. This soulful, meaningful music continued until Because of the Times. At the release of OBTN, a whole new raft of teenage fans came flooding in, mainly due to the release of Sex on Fire, a song which I strongly dislike. I feel the past two albums, although good, have drifted away from their ethos and have forgotten the sound they used to produce.
All band members have settled down to an extent. Guitarist Matthew is married to an English songwriter and has a son. Singer Caleb is married to Victoria Secrets model Lily Aldridge and has a baby daughter. Drummer Nathan is married to singer/songwriter Jessie Baylin and recently announced he was to be a father, and bassist Jared.
Surely fans should realise that, whilst they can still write material, tours may not be as high on their agenda. Sure they are still passionate about what they do, but they shouldnt be sacrificing their own personal lives and being involved with their children, just to please thousands of people.